1st Corinthians 15:3, “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;”
I love what the Apostle Paul said—ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES! That is why I very often say, “What saith the Scripture?” It doesn't matter what I think, or what you think, or what anybody else thinks, all that matters is what God thinks! Romans 3:3-4, “For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.” Just because someone refuses to believe God's Word, doesn't make it untrue! Just because a man refuses to accept the reality of Hell, doesn't make it a myth! The Bible says let God be true, but every man a liar. I don't know about you my friend, but I agree with God!
Our churches these days are absolutely overrun with the heresy that you must “turn from your sins” to be saved, or “be willing to turn from your sins” to be saved. The Bible calls them all liars! The Apostle Paul made a big deal of the fact that he was quoting THE SCRIPTURES! What saith the Scripture? Paul said that Christ died for our sins, “according to the Scriptures.” That is the truth! CHRIST DIED FOR YOUR SINS AND MINE!!! That is the truth of the Gospel. Jesus died, was buried and resurrected three days later, “according to the Scriptures.” Jesus DIED FOR OUR SINS, “according to the Scriptures.” The Bible does not say anything about being required to TURN FROM YOUR SINS to receive God's free gift of eternal life. So why do ungodly religious men embellish the Gospel, and add this unbiblical requirement? Case in point is Bob Jones University. The following is a quote from their Statement of Faith:
With regard to the doctrine of Soteriology:
We believe Scripture teaches that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone (Eph. 2:4–10; Rom. 3:21–26; Titus 3:5) and apart from any human work of righteousness (Phil. 3:9). God offers this salvation freely to all men who are willing to repent and turn from their sins (Acts 3:19, 17:30) and place their full faith and trust in the atonement Christ made by His finished work on the Cross (Luke 24:46–48, Heb. 9:11–15, 10:10–14). [emphasis added]
SOURCE: BJU Statements of FaithWhat you just read is not according to the Scriptures! Oh my, that is a perversion of grace! Bob Jones University has it WRONG! Oh what a heavy burden to lay upon sinner's shoulders! This is far from the Gospel. Lordship Salvation is an entirely different mindset than the free grace Gospel. In God's legitimate plan of salvation, you simply acknowledge that you are a needy sinner and receive the risen Savior's sacrifice upon the cross 2,000 years ago as payment for your sins. But in the Devil's plan of Lordship Salvation, you must commit to turning away from a life of sinful behavior from now on, or else you are told you cannot be saved! I just quoted the hellish teachings at BJU to you, showing that they demand for people to commit to forsake the old life of sin, as a condition of saving faith. That is a heavy burden for sinners to bear, knowing that they must be willing to stop boozing, fornicating, lying, stealing and sodomizing to qualify to receive GOD'S FREE GIFT! You don't turn from your sins to be saved, you turn to Jesus by faith to be saved from your sins, and then the indwelling Holy Spirit's begins the work of conversion (1st Peter 2:2). The whole idea of a “free gift” (Romans 5:15-18) is that it is A FREE GIFT!!!
We've got a bunch of lying deceivers standing behind college and church pulpits today, hoodwinking people that God won't save them unless they exchange their sins for eternal life. How is that in any way a free gift? It certainly is not! Galatians 1:6, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.” The problem is that we've got a bunch of ignorant and unlearned preachers nowadays, who are trying to manipulate people to turn from sin, instead of allowing God to raise His own children as their heavenly Father (Hebrews 12:6-8).
The way salvation works is that you come freely, as a needy sinner, and receive God's free gift of eternal life by faith; and then God's Holy Spirit comes inside to indwell that person, and the Holy Spirit (not the recipient of grace) changes that believer's life from within (we call this sanctification). This is what growth in grace is. 1st Peter 2:2-3, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” John 17:17, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” Justification is instantaneous, but sanctification takes a lifetime. Pastor Jack Hyles wrote a helpful book on the subject titled: “Salvation Is More Than Being Saved.”
As you see, Bob Jones University are 'WOLVES IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING,' who teach that God demands something in return from you for His free gift of eternal life. They say you must be willing to repent and turn from your sins!!! BJU falsely says that God requires an exchange, something in return, you must pay the price of repentance from your sins! Ladies and gentlemen, the Devil is running Bob Jones College today! I am so sick of BJU trying to downplay the issue, preaching on grace and faith to save face, while fully supporting Dr. John MacArthur (the godfather of Lordship Salvation). And as I just showed you, BJU openly teaches Lordship Salvation. Nowhere in the Bible are we taught that we MUST be willing to forsake our sins to receive the free gift of God. We are by nature lawless people. When we get saved, grace teaches us that we should live righteously and godly in
Revelation 1:5, “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”